The Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 is expected to go on sale in India next year and will be powered by a brand new 450 cc liquid-cooled engine.
The Royal Enfield was caught testing a 450cc Himalayan a few days ago and more details of the online adventure tour have been revealed, courtesy of a new report. The 450 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine is reported to produce around 40 bhp (or slightly more) of maximum power and 45 Nm of peak torque.
The brand new engine will be tuned to provide better on- and off-road features and it will embrace the KTM 390 Adventure as it will be a more hardcore off-roader than the existing long-stroke Himalayas. The powertrain will be mated to a six-speed transmission and we can expect a slipper and support clutch to be standard as well as 650 twins.
The report further states that the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 will be equipped with a ride-by-wire throttle system and will thus be offered three riding modes, namely Road, Rain and Off-Road. Off-road mode will disable rear ABS because the switchable ABS system will basically help sliding around for extra fun outside the tarmac.
The dual-purpose adventure Turing machine will have a vertical-based instrument console that will display the required information but a full-color TFT cluster will not be available to keep production costs low. In terms of design, it will have a completely new bodywork that will give a muscular position and a commanding road presence, according to the report.
In addition, it will have a large fuel tank of 20L capacity when it is suspended on the front forks and will probably have a monocoque suspension at the rear with preload compatibility. The suspension system is expected to travel long wheels and the motorcycle will have a high ground clearance and needless to say, the height of a long seat but the exact number is not yet known.
Similar to the Himalayan 411, the Himalayan 450 will ride on 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels and will be shod with a deep tread at a specially made tire compound of the CEAT brand. It will boast a luggage rack with a payload capacity of 15 kg where multiple optional accessories including heated grips and various handlebars will be sold.